My friend, Mariko, was coming to visit me from Canada and since she's a huge Harry Potter fan, I thought it was the perfect time to visit Universal Orlando Resort. I've been wanting to ride the Hogwarts Express ever since it opened a few years ago and I'm not even a Harry Potter fanatic. I've been on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride before and was super impressed with how innovative it was, so I was excited to see what they created with the newest Harry Potter additions.
We recently visited Universal Resort Orlando, Florida and stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. We couldn’t have made a better decision to stay at this hotel as it was walking distance to the parks, service was superb, rooms were spacious, amenities were amazing and on top of all that, we got awesome perks to the amusement parks.
La Jolla is a photographer's dream and we can understand why. No matter where you go every location is absolutely picture perfect. We did a ton of walking around Coast Boulevard on our recent trip to La Jolla and we captured a lot of fun and memorable photos.
I will admit that I used to never purchase traveler's insurance. It's always an option when purchasing a ticket, but I never bought it. So what changed my views on finally caving into purchasing traveler's insurance?
I feel lucky that I live close to Balboa Park as it’s been my go-to park when I want to explore and spend some time alone. Balboa Park is huge and every time I visit, I always find something new.
Fort De Soto Park is one of my favorite places in the Tampa Bay area because it is super pet friendly and the dog beach is absolutely beautiful. Fort De Soto is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and has three miles of gorgeous white sand beaches that are ranked among the best of Florida’s beaches.
We were researching things to do in La Jolla, California when we were surprised to learn that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in this beautiful coastal city.
Last year, we made a quick stop in La Jolla to catch the sunset and quickly realized that we needed to revisit and dedicate an entire weekend to this beautiful coastal city. There is so much to do in La Jolla, so we narrowed our list down to our top 10.
We had tickets to visit the Dali Museum and finally got a chance to explore the exhibits together. We both knew of Dali's famous painting "The Persistence of Memory" so we were curious to see more of his art. This museum carries the largest collection of Dali's work outside of Europe and is rated the #1 place to visit on Trip Advisor in St. Petersburg, Florida.
La Jolla, California is widely known for the "Seven Caves" and most visitors go inside the caves through kayaking tours, but there's also another way you can get to these caves: through a tunnel from inside a gift shop! Instead of viewing the caves out in the open waters, you can view it from another perspective at Sunny Jim's Cave. It is very reasonably priced at $5 and completely accessible by foot.
Have you heard of Spook Hill in Florida? If you’re looking for weird things to do in Florida, you definitely need to stop by here. Spook Hill is located in Lake Wales, Florida, which is 60 miles east of Tampa or 55 miles southeast of Orlando.
I love visiting little towns and when I discovered that Old Town Temecula was only an hour drive from Downtown San Diego I made the drive up on a Monday morning. Old Town Temecula has raving reviews on Trip Advisor and I couldn't help but notice the old Western architecture in the reviews.
Bentonville's food scene has been emerging with top-notch restaurants in the last few years. They have award-winning dishes combined with southern hospitality and the town is quickly becoming a hot spot for foodies. Here are our top 7 favorite restaurants and cafes in this charming city.
Most Japanese know a little bit of English since they have to learn it in high school, but every once in awhile, you might catch someone that doesn't know any English at all. Here are the top 10 Japanese phrases to know when navigating Japan.
The Preacher's Son is the newest hotspot in Bentonville when it comes to good food, cool vibes, underground bar and a rooftop bar all in one place. The executive chef, Matt Cooper, is actually a preacher's son and modified the oldest church in Bentonville (built in 1904) into a gorgeous bright establishment. We were very excited to dine at one of newest additions to this up-and-coming foodie town.
Zion National Park is only a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas and since we were spending an extended weekend in sin city, we decided to add in some nature hikes to our girls’ weekend getaway. The Narrows was the perfect hike for all of us!
I wasn’t originally thinking of staying at Amari Phuket, but I’m sure glad I did. My friend, Negin, found this beautiful hotel and it is a gigantic place close to the famous Patong beach. Patong beach is known for party-goers, so it can be a bit loud at night if your hotel is right on that street, but this resort was up on a hill away from all the noise which was perfect for me.
Whenever we have friends visiting Tampa, we recommend Clearwater Beach. The beaches are beautiful and there are plenty of other things to do in this gorgeous beach town.
Visiting Antelope Canyon has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Since my friends and I were taking a girls trip to Las Vegas over an extended weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon on this trip.
I thought the beaches of Florida and the Caribbean were beautiful but Phi Phi islands is on a whole another level. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous and clear the water was at these islands. It’s one of those locations you see on the Travel Channel or National Geographic magazines. It was just unreal.
If you're looking for a place to stay near the San Jose airport in Costa Rica, Xandari Resort and Spa is the perfect location. Only 6 miles from the airport, but you still feel like you're a world away with gorgeous views of the city below surrounded by lush greenery.
Soulshine Bali is located in Ubud and it is the perfect little paradise where you can truly unwind and feel at peace. The resort is located literally in the middle of the rice fields and the Ayung river flows right next to it where the locals bathe and wash their laundry. The entrance is gorgeous in itself with bamboo trees and a pathway leading to the main building with positive messages.
We have been asked a lot about what camera gear we use for our travels and we use a combination of cameras and lenses, so instead of giving our readers a simple answer, we thought we'd break it down for you.
It’s a miracle that I made it to the top of Mount Batur as it was the most brutal hike I have ever encountered. With the help of my fellow retreaters and my hiking tour guide, I was able to make this incredible hike.
We were recently introduced to an amazing line of functional lightweight travel attire. This luxurious line isn't your typical travel attire. The attention to detail and the functional designs are phenomenol.
I used to be afraid of wild monkeys, but ever since I visited the snow monkeys in Japan, I fell in love with these cute, playful animals. When I heard that there was a Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali, I knew I had to stop by.
The Crystal Bridges Museum is one of my favorite museums because 1) it’s FREE, 2) there's so much to explore and 3) it is beautifully designed. I visited the museum last year on my short visit to Bentonville, but didn't get to experience all it had to offer as I was limited on time. This year when I visited Bentonville again, I had the whole Saturday just to explore Crystal Bridges and see the museum in it's entirety, indoors and outdoors.
We arrived at Pressroom first thing Sunday for brunch and were excited to try this hip restaurant located in Bentonville Square. The space is bright and colorful with an industrial-modern atmosphere and the brunch menu had a variety of dishes made with fresh local ingredients.
Bali wasn't originally on my list to visit this year, but after going through a series of bad events earlier in the year, I needed some kind of spiritual trip and found a perfect yoga retreat at Soulshine Bali. This was exactly what I needed.
Tusk & Trotter caught our attention as they have received numerous awards and recognitions since their opening in 2011. Owned by chef Rob Nelson, the award-winning eatery is located right off "The Square" in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas and the building was once Sam Walton's general office and warehouse.